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Anyone been to whistler yet this season?

post #1 of 17
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I'll be there next week (whooo!) and I was wondering if they've opened the peak at all yet.  When I was there last year at this time, the website and onthesnow said it was still closed, but when we arrived it was open.  Just checking to increase my current level of stoke, if that's even possible.

post #2 of 17

Alpine hasn't opened yet (lift served).

 

Go to the site and check to see what lifts are operating. I'm there 8-14 Dec.

post #3 of 17
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Only reason I wanted to ask a local was because last year the site still said closed but peak was open. I really want to hit that terrain.. I'll be up there next wed-sun.

post #4 of 17

Making my first trip there 12/9-12/14.  Seems like they've gotten quite a bit of snow last week with more to come later this week. Can't wait!

post #5 of 17

OK, I get daily inputs from my bud whose on patrol. Alpine isn't open yet.

post #6 of 17

no new snow last few days - could be a significant amount over next couple but freezing level also expected to rise so ski to valley still could be iffy.. Alpine, not enough coverage over all the boulders to open top lifts but it's close. (hiking is an option)  Mid mountain does have good skiing but this early in the season is always a gamble.    
 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

The weather report for the next week does look promising.. Hopefully it'll hold up! Thanks for everyone's response.

post #8 of 17

What are some good weather sites for Whistler. I am interested in 10 days forecasts. the resort site gives you only 3-4 days.

post #9 of 17

10 day forecasts are useless in the PNW mountains. Even the 3-4 day forecasts are often (usually?) wrong. As you look at them notice how often they change.

 

One of my instructor friends at Whistler says it's pointless to look at anything besides the forecast the morning you are skiing there, which you do want to do because you want to look at the wind forecast.

post #10 of 17

Facebook page: "weather and avalanche conditions permitting, both Peak and Harmony chairs are scheduled to open tomorrow December 1"

And now I get to spend the rest of the day imagining I am going to be there

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Marty View Post

What are some good weather sites for Whistler. I am interested in 10 days forecasts. the resort site gives you only 3-4 days.

 

Marty, This site doesn't seem to have a long-range forecast for Whistler, but they do have an 18 month Snowbird forecast

AND they guarantee no reduction in accuracy.

http://www.dryday.com/united-states/utah/salt-lake-county/snowbird-ski-and-summer-resort-30-day-weather-forecast/

post #12 of 17
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Facebook page: "weather and avalanche conditions permitting, both Peak and Harmony chairs are scheduled to open tomorrow December 1"

And now I get to spend the rest of the day imagining I am going to be there


oh my god yes! please stay open at least one more week!!! I've been waiting all year to take my wife up the peak chair and have her enjoy that view. for a couple of east-coasters it's truly life changing.

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by CascadeConcrete View Post

Facebook page: "weather and avalanche conditions permitting, both Peak and Harmony chairs are scheduled to open tomorrow December 1"

And now I get to spend the rest of the day imagining I am going to be there


and it is dumping rain again in Vancouver, probably will amount to another couple of feet in the Alpine by tomorrow. When it opens will be sweet.  

post #14 of 17

did get another 1 1/2 feet so far but still not running the Alpine lifts - it's too windy and not great visibility for avy control up there. 

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Kind of off topic, but this will be my second trip to whistler and I was wondering if you guys could recommend some runs to take that I might not have known were any good the first time up. I probably only skied 1/4 of the mountain or less last year and want to explore more.

post #16 of 17

if you have only covered 1/4 of the named runs why not try the other 150 first, then start on the unnamed. Have fun, with luck the alpine will open.  

post #17 of 17

Take the Mountain Tours at 11:30 everyday on Whistler and Blackcomb. They know the hill by heart, and also get feedback on the trail in the best condition before they head out.

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